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Bega Garnbirringu Health Service, Kalgoorlie, Western Australia, is part of an innovative national trial to reduce high rates of chlamydia and gonorrhoea in remote Aboriginal communities.The study is an initiative to address a problem area for public health, with rates of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in the Goldfields Aboriginal population among the highest in the State.
For the past year, Bega has been one of 12 primary healthcare services around Australia taking part in the Test, treat and go trial (TTANGO). The trial uses the Xpert test to diagnose sexually transmitted infections within 90 minutes, which can then be treated on the day.
Bega clinical services manager, Beth Waters, states although the study was not yet concluded, the machine had already had a noticeable improvement on health services at the clinic.
Source: Kalgoorlie Miner